09 April 2014 by Roy Barford

Two Oceans Marathon 2014: Race details and carbo-loading ideas

The 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter weekend – April 18 and 19. It’s described as the ‘the world’s most beautiful marathon’, and whether you are a runner or spectator, there is incredible scenery and a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy.

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon finishes at the University of Cape Town. Photo courtesy of Hubert January

At 6am on Saturday 19 April 2014, 16 000 runners will start the 21km Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon, and 30 minutes later, 11 000 runners will embark on the super-scenic 56km Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. Both groups of runners start their races in Claremont Main Road and finish at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where a massive crowd will cheer them over the line.

Runners pass through Cape Town's southern suburbs. Photo courtesy of <a href= Runners pass through Cape Town's southern suburbs. Photo courtesy of Flow Communications

Last year's ultra marathon was won by South African David Gatebe in a time of 3:08:54, while Natalia Volgina from Russia won the women's event. Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi, who failed to defend his 2012 title when he was injured during last year's race, will be back to make amends, although he appears to be more focused on his preparations for the Comrades Marathon in June.

On Friday 18 April there are two trail runs taking place, a 22km run and a 10km run, both starting from UCT at 7am. Entries for these runs have closed, but spectators are welcome.

Whether you are looking to do some last-minute Two Oceans Marathon training or simply just get some exercise in Cape Town, you can consider the following popular Cape Town running spots, where there is free public parking:

  • Sea Point Promenade
  • Rondebosch Common and surrounding streets
  • Newlands Forest (trail running)

You are also likely going to be looking for places to carbo-load, and while Cape Town has many great Italian restaurants to consider, I'm going to recommend the following:

Rondebosch Common. Photo courtesy of <a href= Rondebosch Common. Photo courtesy of Jim Sher

According to the Two Oceans Marathon website, the best places for spectators to watch this year's events are:

Main Road – Lakeside; Fish Hoek – Kommetjie Road; Silvermine Road intersection; Noordhoek Village – start of Chapman’s Peak; Constantia Nek – (Nedbank hosts Green Mile with five entertainment hot spots); Cecilia Forest – along Rhodes Drive; Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden; and Union Avenue towards UCT.

For more information about 2014 Two Oceans Marathon events, and to get race results, visit the official website. Follow @2OceansMarathon on Twitter for updates.

Category: Sport

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